I realized that I was alone with Louisin the empty hallway. The others had gone.
"you know who they are?"I whispered.
"I know what they told me," he said, walking along with me" AndI know they told you. And the others obviously know who they are and ther’renot afraid of them. Yet all wait for you to take command, you to greet them andinvite them to your home in France. You are the leader, Lestat, no doubt aboutit. All know it. And these ghosts and spirits or whoever they are - they knowit too."
I stopped. I put my arm around him. I held close to me.
"I`m Lestat," I said in a low voice. "Your Lestat. I`m the sameLestat you`re always known, and no matter how I`m changed, I`m still that samebeing."
"I know, "he said warmly.
I kiss him. I pressed my lips to his and I held this kiss for a long silentmoment. And then I give in to a silent wave of feeling, and I took him in myarms. I held him tight against me. I felt his unmistakable silken skin, hissoft shining black hair. I heard the blood throbbing in him, and time dissolved,and it seemed I was in some old and secret place, some warm tropical grottowe`d once shared, ours alone in some way, with the scent of sweet oliveblossoms and the whisper of moist breeze "I love you," I whispered.
In a low intimate voice, he answered:"My heart is yours."
I wanted to weep.